Fort Ticonderoga History Beneath the Walls
Learn the Secrets Beneath the Walls at Fort Ticonderoga!
Premium Tour Offered Thursdays at 1pm in July and August
Have you ever wondered what lies beneath Fort Ticonderoga’s stone walls? Join Fort Ticonderoga’s curator, Christopher Fox, for “History Beneath the Walls,” an in-depth exploration of Fort Ticonderoga’s hidden past to see remarkably preserved evidence of the Fort’s original structures and catch a glimpse at some of the systems that keeps the Fort running today.
“This premium behind-the-scenes tour will take visitors into five areas of the Fort not accessible to the general public,” according to Christopher Fox, Fort Ticonderoga Curator of Collections. “In these areas visitors will see original French stone foundations of barracks buildings and cavernous spaces beneath the parapet walls preserving clues to how the Fort was built over 250 years ago and then preserved over the last century.”
This hour and a half tour is scheduled at 1 pm each Thursday in July and August. Space is limited, advanced reservations are recommended or tickets, as available, can be purchased on the day of the tour at the Guest Services Desk in the Log House Welcome Center. Price is $35 per person with regular general admission.
The tour will begin at the Guest Services Desk located in the Log House Welcome Center. Climbing stairs and passing through narrow spaces is required on this tour and it is not handicap accessible or appropriate for those who have difficulty walking. All sales are final, no exchanges or refunds. Tour will proceed rain or shine.
Fort Ticonderoga was constructed beginning in the fall of 1755 by the French to protect the outlet of the La Chute River and the short overland portage between Lake Champlain and Lake George. It was captured by the British in July 1759 who held it until its capture by Ethan Allen, Benedict Arnold and the Green Mountain Boys in 1775. The British recaptured the Fort in July 1777 and then abandoned it later that fall. After suffering the ravages of time and the elements, the Fort was restored by the Pell family beginning in the spring of 1909. Today Fort Ticonderoga is an independent, not-for-profit educational institution and a remarkable triumph of early 20th-century historic preservation.
Recognized as the top destination in the Adirondacks by USA News Travel, Fort Ticonderoga connects all guests to a place and time that defined a continent, a nation, and its continued legacy.
Fort Ticonderoga offers more than one hundred exciting and unique events and programs this season! Visit www.FortTiconderoga.org for a full list of ongoing programs or call 518-585-2821. Funding for the 2013 season is provided in part by Amtrak. Visit http://www.fortticonderoga.org/visit/directions for a special 2 for 1 Amtrak offer!